BETHESDA — In the midst of a tight race for the number one seed in the playoffs, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons varsity girls basketball team didn’t let the visiting Northwood Gladiators get in the way, handily defeating them 75-28.
“We had to be relentless on defense and keep our intensity up,” Barons points guard Charlotte Lowndes said.
In the first game of a B-CC/Northwood varsity girls and boys double-header, the Barons scored the first basket, and the Gladiators quickly got one of their own to tie the score at two. However, that 2-2 score was the closest Northwood ever would come to the lead. B-CC quickly jumped out to a 9-2 lead, and soon left Northwood in their dust.
In the second quarter, the Barons went on a 22-7 run to extend their lead even further, and at halftime, the lead was up to 23 points. B-CC moved the ball very well in the first half, recording 11 assists.
The Barons’ dominance continued into the second half, as B-CC kept Northwood to only one point in the third quarter on a free throw. Meanwhile, the Barons offense continued to roll. Caitlyn Clendenin scored eight points in the third quarter as B-CC’s lead increased to 68-21. When the lead eclipsed 40 points, a running clock was turned on.
In the fourth quarter, the devastating defense continued, as the Barons allowed the Gladiators only seven more points, eight total in the second half. B-CC head coach Ryan Ingalls was able to give her reserves a fair amount of playing time, as the Barons cruised to a 75-28 win.
Clendenin led the way for B-CC with 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Charlotte Lowndes had eight points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Stephanie Howell rebounded exceptionally well, finishing with 10 in the game.
B-CC played a very unselfish brand of basketball, totaling 19 assists. In addition, all but one Barons player scored in the big B-CC win.
With the win, the Barons improved their record for the season to 16-4, and 14-4 inside of the section. They hold a one-game lead over the Walter Johnson Wildcats (13-5), for the number one seed, and the Churchill Bulldogs sit none too far behind in third at 12-5-1.
This season has been a year of firsts for Ingalls’ B-CC team, having already clinched the 4A South division for the first time in her tenure. Attaining the one seed will be an important milestone for the Barons, after the Whitman Vikings and their star player Abby Meyers have ruled the division and section for years.
B-CC still has two more games, one on the road against the Sherwood Warriors before a very tough home game against the 20-0 Richard Montgomery Rockets to close out the year.
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